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Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Hasbro, Inc.
Price: $19.99

The Play-Doh Cake Mountain set includes everything the budding Play-Doh pastry chef needs to create delicious (although non-toxic of course not edible) desserts: a 3 tier cake made of durable plastic, 6 decorating sticks, 3 cake molds, 2 plates, a knife and fork, a textured roller, and 5 cans of Play-Doh (3 regular and 2 "plus"). The directions were easy to follow and once set up (adult assembly required) the kids were on their own. The process and play are similar to other Play-Doh sets, put the clay here, push a piece/lever/button down, open up, and take out the new form. Simple and easy for little hands to manipulate. It comes with 3 cans of regular Play-Doh and two smaller cans of Play-Doh Plus which is much softer clay and work much better to give a more realistic icing/frosting look. We found that the "plus" dough works better in the "syringe" took for a frosting appearance but you can use either dough in it. It also includes other tools to decorate the cake (a roller, an extruder, and sticks) as well as plates and one set of utensils for serving. Sometimes dough just gets stuck and dried in the nooks and crannies. Although the "plus" dough is neat, the younger kids don't really understand the purpose of it and just end up mixing it with the regular Play-Doh. A fun activity for kids when Mom has to address an item on her to-do list."

Ines Horlacher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Ines holds a Bachelor's degree in secondary Spanish education, a Master's Degree in secondary teaching and is currently pursuing an Administrator's endorsement on her teaching certificate. Married and mother of a five year old girl and a three year old boy, if Ines is not cooking, she's consumed by glue, glitter, and cotton ball crafts.

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